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How Many Units of Botox® Do I Need?

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Every time we frown, laugh, or raise our eyebrows, the facial muscles pull and crease our skin. Over time, these lines and wrinkles become more noticeable. Botox® can reduce or eliminate these wrinkles and leave you with months of smooth skin

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How Does Botox® Work?

Botox® is a type of botulinum toxin. These toxins interfere with the communication between muscles and nerves. Nerves use a molecule called acetylcholine to send signals to muscles, telling them to contract. Each time a muscle contracts, it tugs on the overlying skin. Botox® stops the nerves from transmitting signals to the muscles, so the muscles stop contracting. This allows the skin to relax and lines and wrinkles to become smooth. 

What is Getting Botox® Like?

Your Levy Dermatology injection specialist will inject Botox® into the facial muscles just under the skin. This feels like a minor pinch. Make sure a trained injection specialist like one from Levy Dermatology performs these injections. Proper placement of the injections will give you the best results. 

How Many Units of Botox® Do I Need?

Most people will need three to five sites injected in each area to treat all the muscles involved in causing the wrinkles. For crow’s feet, each eye may require up to ten units, while the forehead may require fifteen to thirty units. Glabellar lines, the deep creases between the brows, may require forty units or more. 

Where is Botox® Used?

The most common uses for Botox® include the forehead, crow’s feet, and lines between the brows. However, it works in many other locations, including around the mouth, where it can correct a “gummy” smile where the lips reveal the gums, making some people self-conscious. It also helps to treat vertical lines around the mouth as well as improve the undereye area. 

What Results Will I See With Botox®?

Botox® results appear after a few days, with full results after about twelve days. After this, you can expect your results to last three to four months. The treated area will look smooth and relaxed, but you will still have all your normal facial expressions. People will notice that you look younger, less tired, or more relaxed. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Botox® is widely used for medical purposes and is very safe when injected into the facial area in tiny quantities. Most people are good candidates, especially if they have or want to prevent expression lines and wrinkles. Many people choose Botox® at a younger age than before to help stave off the appearance of these wrinkles. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not have Botox®, and people with certain neuromuscular conditions are not good candidates. 

Is There Any Downtime With Botox®?

You can go back to work after getting Botox®, but you should avoid strenuous activity or lie down for four to six hours after treatment. People sometimes get Botox® on their lunch break and return to work after their appointment.

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To learn more about Botox®, please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling Levy Dermatology at (901) 624-3333. Levy Dermatology serves patients in the Memphis, Jackson & Collierville, TN areas

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